Hey, SoI, if we can't sit around concocting conspiracy theories and spreading insane rumors, we won't have much to do at all, will we?
Thanks for setting us straight--hey, that's why we throw this stuff out here, so that someone who actually knows something can give us the straight poop. [That's an okay word, Christian.] Unfortunately such a person is not always available at the propitious moment....
Anyway, I try very hard when making wild guesses or conjectures to label them as such, and the same with repeating undocumented rumor. You are right that such things tend to take on lives of their own, and I think folks should be very careful about repeating them. I remember hearing that Lagavulin was going to replace the 16 with a 12, for example, and just now we are hearing a lot about the demise of Balvenie 10, which may or may not occur, but so far is without official confirmation.
As for Bladnoch, I'm hoping to visit there at the end of my trip in October--I'm staying two nights in Isle of Whithorn in Galloway, a corner of the country I've previously neglected. I'm quite looking forward to it. Of course, I'll have just come from Islay, so who knows what kind of condition my taste buds will be in!